Warmun Art Centre
Ochres of black, red and mustard yellow, mixed with greys and whites are the hallmarks of the very distinctive style of the Warmun community artists. One of the early engine rooms for the contemporary Aboriginal art movement, Warmun Art Centre was founded by leading Gija artists such as Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie and Jack Britton. Rounded hills of the surrounding country dominate the landscape and their artworks. As you enter the community to arrive at the art centre, paintings feature on every available sign and building, announcing the importance of art in this community. In their wisdom, the Gija artists have preserved one of Australia’s most significant community collections for their families, featuring the works of their founding elders, now passed. An exhibition space in the centre of the gallery displays the artefacts of Gija culture, with recordings by the elders about their history, culture and art. The Centre has artist workshops and studios, and runs programs with children and young artists, the results of which are featured in their showroom.